Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Tuesday slammed the BJP leader Nitin Gadkari over his remark on “Article 370” and said that Indian leadership lacks political vision and courage to accept the ground realities in Jammu and Kashmir.
The BJP leader Gadkari has said that the Modi government did not scrap Article 370, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, because of “sensitive situation” in the state.
Terming his statement as “ridiculous and hypocritical”, Geelani in a statement said: “Creating a venomous and war like atmosphere on flimsy and baseless issues to lure the electorate and grab the political power is a curse and a part of filthy politics which has ruined the very ethics of democracy and moral values.”
Cautioning the people of Kashmir from the “ill-designs of all the pro-Indian regional political parties”, Hurriyat chairman said that for the last 71 years, “we have rendered innumerable sacrifices for the movement for right to self-determination and not for the so-called special status under Article 370 or 35-A which have been tarnished by all these political stooges and jugglers by exploiting the situation at every critical juncture of our freedom movement”.
The veteran Hurriyat leader expressed hope that sooner or later India shall have to accept the ground reality of Kashmir and pave way for the final resolution of this long pending dispute in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people.